Finding a complementary therapist

Finding the complementary practitioner(s) who is (are) right for you may take some time. Your doctor or nurse may be able to provide a referral, depending on their openness to and knowledge of the therapy you have chosen. HIV organizations or other community health organizations may offer complementary therapies by qualified practitioners or can sometimes help people living with HIV locate complementary practitioners. Many training colleges have student clinics (supervised by a licensed or registered practitioner) that offer services at discounted rates.

The Internet has a wealth of information about complementary practices, but remember to do your research carefully, check out multiple sources and be aware of the red flags listed in “Learning about Complementary Therapies,” that indicate that the claims being made for a particular therapy or by a particular therapist are suspicious.

Below is a brief list of Canadian organizations representing practitioners of some of the complementary therapies discussed in this guide. Most of these organizations require their members to achieve certain standards of skill and education. You may wish to contact these organizations for further information about how their members are regulated or to help you connect with other people in your region who have experience providing their organization’s particular type of therapy. The following list is not complete and we do not endorse any of these organizations.

Acupuncture Canada

Canadian Federation of Aromatherapists

Canadian Chiropractic Association

Canadian Association of Cognitive and Behavioural Therapies

Canadian Council of Herbalist Associations

Canadian Society of Homeopaths

Canadian Massage Therapist Alliance

Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors

Reflexology Association of Canada

Canadian Reiki Association

Taoist Tai Chi Society of Canada

Therapeutic Touch Networks of Canada

Canadian Society of Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture